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Thursday, February 10, 2011

February: Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa Fact #10

We've talked about how RP is an inherited disease and how it is caused by a faulty gene that is not telling the retina how to generate more cells properly. We have also established that there are many different faulty genes that can cause RP. Well, Retinitis Pigmentosa is actually the word used to describe a group of inherited eye problems that affect the retina. The reason that RP is used for a group of diseases is because there are so many different faulty genes that cause it and so many different ways of progressing through life.

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